FROM THE TOP
It is not the task of the Pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality, but I do exhort all the communities to an “ever watchful scrutiny of the signs of the times.” . . . . We need to distinguish clearly what might be a fruit of the kingdom from what runs counter to God’s plan.
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.
. . . . As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized:
. . . . Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live;
. . . . The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers.”
The Joy of the Gospel #51 and #53
Mass Intentions & Readings
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. March 25th: Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7.10-14; 8.10d, Ps. 40.6, 7-8, 9, 10, Hebrews 10.4-10, Luke 1.26-38
Wed. March 26th: ferial
Deuteronomy 4.1, 5-9, Ps. 147.12-13, 15-16, 19-20, Matthew 5.17-19
Thurs. March 27th: ferial
Jeremiah 7.23-28, Ps. 95.1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9, Luke 11.14-23
Fri. March 28th: ferial
Please Note: No 12:05 pm Mass due to Priest Meetings
Hosea 14.1-9, Ps. 81.5c-7a, 7bc-8, 9-10ab, 13 + 16, Mark 12.28b-34
Sat. March 29th: ferial
5:15 pm: Antonio Gabriele +
Hosea 5.15b-6.6++, Ps. 51.1-2, 16-17, 18-19ab, Luke 18.9-14
Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 30th, 2014
1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16.1b, 6-7, 10-13
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 23.1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
2nd Reading: Ephesians 5.8-14
Gospel: John 9.1-41
is lit this week
For Evangeline Deyoung & Paul Ryan
at the request of Mae Bradley
Eddie the church caretaker will be retiring mid June of this year. The parish is seeking a replacement. This is a full time paid position and ideal for a person who has just retired or seeking to keep busy. The position includes the cleaning and preparing of the church and parish hall, the maintenance of the grounds as well as minor repairs which may be needed from time to time. Dedication to church and a basic knowledge of a variety of skills would be beneficial. If you or you know of anyone who may be interested in this position you are asked to contact the parish office for further details.
The Pastoral Council is planning a farewell for Eddie as his retirement date approaches. This will be announced in the bulletin.
PARISH PHOTO DIRECTORY
It is expected that this 100 Year Anniversary Photo Directory of parishioners will be available come the fall. We are setting aside a few pages for businesses to express their congratulations. We also invite individuals and/or families who may also want to offer their best wishes to do the same at a special rate per business card size space. Should you wish to take advantage of this opportunity please contact the parish office for more details.
THE PANCAKE SUPPER
Which was held on Sunday, March 2nd raised a total of $450.00. We wish to thank especially the 236th Scout Group which meets regularly in the parish hall for making this possible by organizing the entire event from the purchasing of food, cooking, serving, clean-up etc. This certainly was a family event for the parish as well as a good traditional way to welcome the season of Lent. Again, thank you 236th Scout Group.
Please pray for all who are ill, especially
Maria Soares, Antonio Da Costa, Joyce Rerrie, Hugh Taylor, Paul Ryan, Mary Gilbride, Laura MacDonald, Kay Bennett, Patricia Cull and Maria Jose Bouey.
Working wonders in our community . . .
Last year Mary Centre received a call to assist Robert, a client, when they learned that his sister Theresa, who lived with him, had collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Due to a previous connection with Robert and Theresa, the agency was able to respond quickly. Mary Centre’s respite facility at St. Bernard’s is often fully booked a few months in advance but other families were supportive and changed their plans to accommodate this situation. Robert stayed at Mary Centre for 3 weeks until Theresa was able to return home and take care of him. He continues to come to St. Bernard’s at least once a month where he has felt welcome and has made friends. Robert and Theresa take comfort in knowing that Mary Centre was there for them. Theresa shared, “To know Mary Centre is to know people who are kind, considerate and thoughtful; thank you for all you’ve have done for my brother and me.” Last year, over 1,800 people with special needs received assistance from ShareLife-supported agencies.
Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday - March 30th, 2014 . Please give generously. You can work wonders!
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent beginning at 7:00 p.m.
March 28th - ACC, April 4th - Holy Name Choir, April 11 - R.C.I.A.